The author argues that, after five decades of debate about the interactive of solar wind with the magnetosphere, it is time to get back to basics. Starting with Newton's law, this book also examines Maxwell's equations and subsidiary equations such as continuity, constitutive relations and the Lorentz transformation; Helmholtz' theorem, and Poynting's theorem, among other methods for understanding this interaction.
- Includes chapters on prompt particle acceleration to high energies, plasma transfer event, and the low latitude boundary layer
- More than 200 figures illustrate the text
- Includes a color insert
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1. Historical Introduction
2. Approximate Methods
3. Helmholtz's Theorem
4. Poynting's Energy Conservation Theorem
6. High Altitude Cusps
7. Low-Latitude Boundary Layer
7. Driving The Plasma Sheet
9. Magnetospheric Substorms